How Important is Catholic Church History?

Whenever I teach a course on Church History, I like to begin with the following quote from one of the all-time great historians, Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859). In an 1840 review of Leopold Von Ranke’s History of the Popes, he said this to say about the Catholic Church’s impact on human history. Coming from a [Read More...]

Great American Catholic History Resource for Teachers

The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., has an Archives that is one of the best resources for any student of American Catholic History. The Archives has recently created an online resource for teachers to use in the classroom. They sum it up rather nicely in their website: The American Catholic History Classroom is [Read More...]

Native American Nuns

Thanks to Deacon Greg Kandra for alerting me to an interesting new book. It’s about a short-lived order of Native American nuns founded in the late 1800′s by a Jesuit who worked among the Sioux. They were called the Congregation of American Sisters. I thought I knew a lot about American Catholic history, but it [Read More...]